The Seventh Seal
1The Lamb opened the seventh seal. Then there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2And I saw the seven angels who stand before God. They were given seven trumpets.
3Another angel came and stood at the altar. This angel had a golden pan for incense. The angel was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all God’s holy people. The angel put this offering on the golden altar before the throne. 4The smoke from the incense went up from the angel’s hand to God. It went up with the prayers of God’s people. 5Then the angel filled the incense pan with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth. There were flashes of lightning, thunder and loud noises, and an earthquake.
The Seven Angels and Trumpets
6Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.
7The first angel blew his trumpet. Then hail and fire mixed with blood was poured down on the earth. And a third of the earth and all the green grass and a third of the trees were burned up.
8The second angel blew his trumpet. Then something that looked like a big mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea. And a third of the sea became blood. 9And a third of the living things in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
10The third angel blew his trumpet. Then a large star, burning like a torch, fell from the sky. It fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11The name of the star is Wormwood.# Name of a very bitter plant, used here to give the idea of bitter sorrow. And a third of all the water became bitter. Many people died from drinking the water that was bitter.
12The fourth angel blew his trumpet. Then a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were hit. So a third of them became dark. A third of the day was without light.
13While I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying high in the air. The eagle said with a loud voice, “Trouble! Trouble! Trouble for those who live on the earth! The trouble will begin with the sounds of the trumpets that the other three angels are about to blow.”